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Devil's Coach Horse (Ocypus olens)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Devil's Coach Horse.


 Updated: 2/27/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



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The Devil's Coach Horse earned its name partly for its wicked bite and partly for its environmental hardiness.





A seemingly simple, black body hides the calculating nature of of the Devil's Coach Horse. The long abdominal segments are slender and flexible. Its elytra (wing coverings) are dull with a matte finish. Strong jaws make short work of killing soft-bodied insects. This member of the Rove Beetle family can inflict a painful bite on an unsuspecting human thanks to these massive jaws.

The Devil's Coach Horse takes on an interesting posture when disturbed or threatened. It gives potential predators as well as reckless humans fair warning. The bendable abdomen rises and curls forward, like a scorpion's. Instead of a venomous stinger, the Devil's Coach Horse opens an internal gland that shoots out a yellowish foul-smelling fluid. This chemical deterrent is an effective way to divert attention from itself.

Devil's Coach Horses are not native to the United States and originated from Europe. Despite being exotic, they have comfortably established themselves in the Western and Southwestern regions of the United States. They normally prey on snails and slugs, and can be found in low altitudes and moist areas such as in parks and gardens where regular watering occurs.
Basic Information
Common Name: Devil's Coach Horse
Scientific Name: Ocypus olens
Category: Beetle


General Identification
Size (Adult; Length): 17mm to 33mm (0.66in to 1.29in)
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Identifying Colors: black
Additional Descriptors: pointy, biting, helpful




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Staphylinidae
Genus: Ocypus
Species: olens


Beetle Anatomy
Graphic showing basic anatomy of a common North American Beetle insect
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
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Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
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Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
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Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
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Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
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Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
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Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.


Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Devil's Coach Horse may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
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